Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey’s magical tons handed England their first bilateral ODI series defeat at home since 2015. Both the batsmen got out before the final flourish from Mitchell Starc who hit the winning runs as Australia beat England in the series decider by 3 wickets.
With series on the line, it was the worst possible start for England as they were two-wickets down in as many balls in the first over. The first ball of the innings saw Jason Roy cut the ball straight to Glenn Maxwell and the very second ball Joe Root was out LBW to an in-swinger
Eoin Morgan came out to face the hat-trick ball and he did that comfortably. Jonny Bairstow, once again combined with Sam Billings for the second time in the series, to score runs and took the score to a final of 302-7.
Morgan and Jos Buttler getting out cheaply, with the help of fifties from Billings and Chris Woakes in the end, England got themselves out of the jail as the team looked to out at a below-par score at one stage.
Bairstow was the top batsmen playing his best innings of the summer to score his 10th ODI hundred, scoring 112 off 126 balls.
Adam Zampa was once the pick of the bowlers picking up three wickets. Zampa topped the bowling-charts with 10 wickets in the series. Mitchell Starc also picked up three wickets including two wickets on the first two balls of the innings and an in-swinging delivery to Tom Curran who hit Starc for a huge six on the previous ball.
Australia were given the target of 303 to win the series.
However, Australia started the innings much like England. Chris Woakes showed his quality bowling and got Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis in the 3rd and the 5th over of the innings. Stoinis was able to keep his place since Steve Smith missed the 3rd ODI after not fully recovering from his head blow, he received six days ago before the first match of the series.
As the innings was steadily building between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne, Eoin Morgan again showed his worth by throwing the ball to part-timer Joe Root. Earlier in the Australian innings, Jonny Bairstow was bowled by almost an off-spin delivery from Pat Cummins. Saw Cummins spinning the ball urged Morgan to tend to his off-spinner. To much surprise, the plan worked. Root bowled Warner after spinning the ball to hit the middle stump and Michell Marsh looping the ball into the hands of Jos Buttler. Root got 2 wickets.
17th over saw the run out of Labuschagne as Alex Carey dabbed the ball but a quick throw from Sam Billings and quick hands from Buttler left Labuschagne bat behind the crease. Score, 73-5 after 16.5 overs.
Glenn Maxwell and Carey had a long job to do. The time Maxwell came at the crease, Australia required 230 runs.
However, Maxwell smashed his 3rd ball for a huge six over square-leg showed the intent of the batsman. Slowly, the partnership built and Maxwell-Carey partnership became the highest for Australia for 6th-wicket, 212 runs with both the batsmen scored their tons.
Maxwell scored his second ton, his first after the century against Sri Lanka in the group stage of ICC World Cup 2015, and Carey scored his maiden ton at this level.
But, a twist in the end, Maxwell, mistiming the reverse-sweep, got out in the 48th over and Carey got out in the 49th over in the same fashion in which he was earlier caught at the deep third man but off a no-ball.
Australia required 10 runs off 6 balls. Mitchell Starc at strike and Adil Rashid bowling the last over. A first ball google was hoicked for a straight six. With 2 runs required off 3 balls, Starc swept the ball for the final flurry for Australia.
Chris Woakes and Joe Root were the pick of the bowler claiming two wickets each. Rashid was expensive for his lonely wicket.
Australia win the bilateral series 2-1 to end a truncated and belated English summer.